12.16.2012

Black Girls' Night Out: Carter & Pope

Shonda Rhimes, what was that?  What the hell was that?

You're telling me I have to wait until January 10th, 2013 to see what happens next, and you end the episode like that?

What????

Traditionally, I start this with Person of Interest, but not today, not after that.  Scandal needs to win some serious awards, starting with - ironically - Guillerno Diaz's portrayal of Huck.  Talk about a complex, deeply layered character.  All of you who didn't trust his girlfriend, I doff my hat to ye, because I thought her ready acceptance of his "quirkiness" was simply due to her drug problems.  Not only did she turn out to be a killer spy, but she's even better than Huck.  I did NOT see that coming.

And when she massacred that family he likes to watch...*shakes heads*.

Supreme Court Justice Verna Thornton sold Liv down the river.  I didn't really see that coming because it didn't make a whole lot of sense.  Thornton is terminally ill; she's on borrowed time even as we speak.  So one way or another, she's going to be replaced.

Cyrus and James continue to be my favorite couple, with James becoming more bad-ass in every episode.

For additional great commentary, read this Racialicious article here.  The most recent episode is not currently available on Hulu for some reason, but when it is...we shall return.

And now...Carter.

Carter, Carter, Carter.  Last week's episode had more Carter screen time, including some more flirting with her new love interest, and Reese giving the obligatory "he better not hurt her speech", while revealing that he and Finch happen to keep a very close eye on her...including listening in on her dates (up to a point, of course).

Here's my beef: it all came across forced and perfunctory.  I felt the writers shoved all that in there to shut people like me up.

In the last season, when Carter opened the trunk of her car to show Reese the weapons she carries with her, and  he said, "A woman after my own heart", that was chemistry.  That came across naturally.

And that is precisely why I think Season 2 is doing it's damnedest to try keep Carter on the Token Fringe; she's there to shut us up but she's mainly an errand girl, she's been given a poorly cast love interest who sees 45 seconds or less of screen time each episode, we've been given no more flashbacks from her military background, and though we know she has a son, we have seen him since Season 1 - did anybody else notice that?

I'm still waiting...and you all already know how I feel about waiting.

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    1. I have. Sitting down to watch it felt like a huge chore. I don't think there's going to be any change. I think whatever change we thought we'd see, we're seeing it now and I'm not impressed.

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    2. I wonder what Taraji thinks about her role. I'd pay to hear her talking with the writers.

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    3. Taraji tweeted a few weeks ago that she loved her job on POI. Her character, Carter, has a multi-episode FBI plot that continues early next year.

      I see her character more than an "errand girl" because (1) she's going to be integral in investigating the government dealings / CIA conspiracy that involves the machine, and (2) her love interest is linked to the corrupt city police. So, she has two story lines that should blossom in early 2013.

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    4. Finally have a moment of working internet!

      Henson doesn't like the job. She likes the paycheck. She gets paid whether she has plenty of screen time or not so....like every other neglected POC in Hollywood, when she says she loves the job, she's referring to the check.

      Wake me when it happens.

      Ditto.

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  2. I saw Killer Spy Chick coming a mile away. She was flirting too hard with Huck and pratically throwing herself at him and trying to play the sweet damsel. I didn't trust her ass from the jump.

    But see she done fucked up now. Because while she may have Huck whipped, Pope is going to take on the role of that pissed off sister protecting her brother and she's going to be gunning for chick.

    And granted Pope is probably going to have less resources for housing Huck but best know that Killer Spy Chick better leave the country if she knows what's good for her.

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  3. "But see she done fucked up now. Because while she may have Huck whipped, Pope is going to take on the role of that pissed off sister protecting her brother and she's going to be gunning for chick."

    Oh, you know Olivia is about to kick that ass.

    When the FBI came and got Huck and Olivia ask what were the charges and they said the Patriot Act, I was like, "Noooooooooooooo, they taking Huck to gitmo!"


    What's the charge?

    Huck & Liv looking at each other

    Me crying



    -Meanie



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  4. Finally, I got to see SCANDAL for the first time and in spite of my initial feelings about it, I admit to being impressed with the show. I regret not watching prior episodes of it,but got to watch the one from last week. I really enjoyed it.

    I was on and off about POI. Soon as I seen Carter's love interest and thought about what you said, I'm like "Yeah he's just there for show". When these guys created POI , I didn't that they could read our minds very well. As a whole or could care less about. Idk..I've seen action shows ..some lasted others didn't, but it seemed that all of these characters had lives ,but with Carter's character, as mentioned on another post about this she's just an "errand girl". I was shocked that she got more time with the latest episode, but as you mentioned, I just see it as pacifying us and still continue to keep Carter behind.

    I was thinking about DECEPTION. I hope that it be a better series( I think that it will) than POI. By the look at the clip Meagan will be a more active character. If the series last or don't suck,it may become my POI replacement.

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    1. I was thinking about DECEPTION. I hope that it be a better series( I think that it will) than POI. By the look at the clip Meagan will be a more active character. If the series last or don't suck,it may become my POI replacement.

      Black female cop who's the center of her own show and gets to make passionate love onscreen instead of being treated like an asexual afterthought?

      *nods* Works for me. Watching Deception's pilot right now and actually enjoying it.

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  5. Happy New Year, Ank!

    I thought that I posted something yesterday, but it seems to have not posted. Ah, well

    It seems like the "Person of Interest" producers/writers finally did *ONE* of the things that you recommended awhile ago. Finally, Taraji P. Henson / Carter will wear a chic dress when the show returns this Thursday, January 3. Here are the photos: http://www.spoilertv.com/2012/12/person-of-interest-episode-211-2r.html#disqus_thread

    It would be even nicer if the dress actually related to her actual love life, but it's just her being undercover.

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